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Infinite Joe

I like challenging books that make you think, and leave you happy that you did. Typically, I find character driven literary fiction the most satisfying, although I in no way think of myself as a serious literary critic.

Currently reading

Unaccustomed Earth
Jhumpa Lahiri
Progress: 282/333 pages

[CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE BY SAUNDERS, GEORGE]PAPERBACK

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline - George Saunders I was waffling between a 4 and a 5 on this one, but after letting the short stories and novella sink in a little bit, I lean more towards the 5.

Mostly following the downtrodden and oppressed in slightly surreal near-future dystopias, these unrelated and well-written stories pack a lot into them. Hardly uplifting, but laced with subtle humor, the stories offer characters that we can relate to on one level or another, and ideas that promote further thinking.

I really enjoyed this collection, the second of Saunders that I've read, and they were both good enough that I put him on my favorite authors list. I'm looking forward to reading more.